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  1. #41

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    Hello, All!

    I have released Speccy 3.6 today, a new version of my Sinclair ZX Spectrum emulator for Android, Windows, and Linux:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.fms.speccy (free Android version)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....speccy.deluxe (full Android version)
    http://fms.komkon.org/Speccy (free Windows and Linux versions)

    The most important addition is the fast tape loading, via patched LD-BYTES ROM call, requested by many users. Any standard tape will now load instantly. Custom tape loaders will still run at their normal pace (i.e. slow).

    Based on the discussion at the WorldOfSpectrum forum, I have also added Magnum Phaser light gun emulation (Lightgun Games pack) and the second Kempston joystick connected to port 5Fh (Bomb Munchies).

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Released new Speccy 3.6 for Windows and Linux.
    * Added Magnum Light Phaser emulation (Lightgun Games).
    * Added fast tape loading, via patched LD-BYTES ROM call.
    * Tapes with custom loaders still load at original speed.
    * Fixed current attribute at port FFh (Solar Invasion, etc).
    * Added second Kempston joystick at port 5Fh (Bomb Munchies).
    * Fixed automatic tape startup to happen when ENTER pressed.
    * Now disabling TRDOS when loading a tape image.
    * Fixed freeing tape memory on exit.
    * Added "Emulation | Fast Tape Loader" option to Speccy-Android.
    * Added "Emulation | Input | Magnum Phaser Light Gun" option to Speccy-Android.
    * Added -fasttap and -nofasttap command line options to Speccy-Linux.
    * Added -lightgun and -amouse command line options to Speccy-Linux.
    * Added "Fast Tape Loader" option to Speccy-Windows.
    * Added "Tape Running" option to Speccy-Windows.
    * Fixed ALT key in Sam Coupe mode on Speccy-Windows.
    * Fixed "Draw All Frames" menu option in Speccy-Windows.

    Enjoy!

  2. #42

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    I have published Speccy 3.7 for Android, Windows, and Linux:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.fms.speccy (free Android version)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....speccy.deluxe (full Android version)
    http://fms.komkon.org/Speccy (Windows and Linux versions)

    This release adds working second joystick support everywhere, including Android. The developers will find the new overlay showing graphics information under the pointer, as well as an optional screen grid. Both Windows and Linux versions will now save/load state to *.STA files when you press F7/F6, in Z80 format. The Android version got the new Material Design icons, cleaner virtual joystick skins, and bugfixed Joystick Layout Editor. See below for all changes.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added optional debug information overlay (F10 to toggle).
    * Added optional 16-pixel debug screen grid (ALT+F10 to toggle).
    * Added second Kempston joystick at port 37h (Bomb Munchies).
    * Added "Settings | Emulation | Show Debug Info" option on Android.
    * Added "Settings | Emulation | Show Grid" option on Android.
    * Added second player on Android, if you have two gamepads connected.
    * To play together, connect both gamepads before starting Speccy.
    * Fixed Android Joystick Layout Editor to properly show labels and gravity.
    * Retouched virtual gamepad images and added Material Design icons on Android.
    * Added proper texture-based Direct3D rendering on Windows.
    * Added "Simulate LCD Scanlines" option on Windows.
    * Added "Debugger", "Info Overlay", "Grid" options on Windows.
    * Added links to World Of Spectrum to Speccy-Windows.
    * Added -lcd and -nolcd command line options.
    * Fixed save/restore function in Windows and Linux (F7/F6).
    * Fixed saving the last filename on Windows.
    * Fixed second joystick support everywhere.

  3. #43

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    Hello, All!

    I have released Speccy 3.8, an update to my universal Sinclair ZX Spectrum emulator for Android, Windows, and Linux:

    http://fms.komkon.org/Speccy -- free Windows and Linux versions
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.fms.speccy -- free Android version
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....speccy.deluxe -- full Android version

    The new release adds instant replay feature on all platforms. The replay lets you instantly "rewind" your gameplay several seconds into the past. To activate instant replay, press F8 on Windows or Linux, or the replay icon in the Android action bar.

    The Speccy-Android version has now been specifically optimized for Nvidia SHIELD AndroidTV boxes. Press both thumbsticks down to open the menu during gameplay.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added replay function letting you "rewind" gameplay at any time.
    * Tested and optimized Speccy-Android for Nvidia Shield AndroidTV device.
    * On AndroidTV, press both thumbsticks down to invoke the menu.
    * Reenabled action bar in Speccy-Android on devices with physical MENU key.
    * Made separate AndroidTV banners for free and deluxe versions.
    * Made fullscreen mode more robust in Speccy-Windows.
    * Added "Stretch Full Screen" option to Speccy-Windows.

    Enjoy!

  4. #44

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    Hello, All!

    I have made a quick bugfix release of Speccy 3.8.1 for Android, Windows, and Linux:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.fms.speccy (free Android version)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....speccy.deluxe (full Android version)
    http://fms.komkon.org/Speccy/ (free Windows and Linux versions)

    This release fixes the tape and disk auto-loading feature, accidentally broken when I added instant replay to Speccy 3.8. The Android version has a few other fixes that some may find helpful.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Fixed autoload functionality broken in Speccy 3.8.
    * Fixed a crash in the State Exchange browser.
    * Speccy will automatically start Speccy Deluxe, if both are installed.
    * Improved the Speccy Deluxe banner.

    Enjoy!
    Last edited by fms; August 5th, 2015 at 10:26.

  5. #45

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    Hello, All!

    I have published Speccy 3.8.2 for Android:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.fms.speccy -- free version
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....speccy.deluxe -- full version

    Starting with this release, you can supply your own on-screen gamepad skin in the /sdcard/Speccy/Controls.png file. The template for creating skins can be downloaded from

    http://fms.komkon.org/EmuAndroid/#Skin

    After you edit template and copy it to your Android device, go into "Settings | Input | Layout Editor | Shape" and select the "Custom Skin" option. Users with physical MENU buttons will find that I once again disabled action bar on these devices: contrary to what Google says, many people hate the action bar icons and prefer menu options instead. If you prefer the action bar though, it can be enabled via "Settings | General | Enable Action Bar" option.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added joystick skins, place your own skin into /sdcard/Speccy/Controls.png.
    * Added "Input | Layout Editor | Shape | Custom Skin" option for choosing your skin.
    * Sample joystick skin image available at http://fms.komkon.org/EmuAndroid/#Skin.
    * Made action bar optional on devices with MENU button (off by default).
    * Added "General | Enable Action Bar" option for devices with MENU button.
    * Added exception for LG Optimus Zone 2 (does not show submenus).

    Enjoy!

  6. #46

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    Hello, All!

    I had to make an emergency bugfix release of Speccy 3.8.3 for Android, Windows, and Linux:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.fms.speccy -- free Android version
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....speccy.delxue -- full Android version
    http://fms.komkon.org/Speccy/ -- free Windows and Linux versions

    This release fixes Cursor and Interface II joysticks support, accidentally broken in Speccy 3.8, fixes autofire feature, and also fixes mouse handling in full-screen mode on Windows. Sorry for the trouble!

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Fixed Cursor and Interface II joysticks, broken in version 3.8.
    * Fixed automatic fire functionality.
    * Fixed full-screen mouse operation in Speccy-Windows.

  7. #47

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    Hello, All!

    The new Speccy-Android 3.8.4 is out tonight:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.fms.speccy -- free version
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....speccy.deluxe -- full version

    The new version adds a separate icon to Speccy-Deluxe and tones down the portrait mode background image. It will also automatically create /sdcard/Speccy and save there if your external SD card cannot be written.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Toned down background image, so that it does not interfere with controls.
    * Added new icon for Speccy-Deluxe, to differentiate from Speccy.
    * Now automatically creating /sdcard/Speccy if missing.
    * When Speccy cannot write SD card, it will save to /sdcard/Speccy.

  8. #48

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    Hello, All!

    I have just uploaded the new Speccy 3.9 binaries for Windows and Linux to the Speccy site:

    http://fms.komkon.org/Speccy/ -- homepage
    http://fms.komkon.org/Speccy/Speccy39-Windows-bin.zip -- Windows binary
    http://fms.komkon.org/Speccy/Speccy3...tu-x86-bin.tgz -- Linux binary

    This version fixes multiple issues with the instant replay feature, including possible memory corruption, no saving the initial state, and not restoring recorded states during replay (only the first one was restored).

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Fixed memory corruption bug in the instant replay recorder.
    * Fixed instant replay not restoring successive states.
    * Fixed instant replay not recording the first state.

    Enjoy!

  9. #49

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    Hello, All!

    I have updated Speccy-Android to version 3.9:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.fms.speccy -- free version
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....speccy.deluxe -- full version

    This update is based on the Windows/Linux releases made yesterday. It fixes a memory corruption and several other bugs in the instant replay recorder. Starting with Speccy 3.9, the instant replay should be much more useful.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Released free Speccy 3.9 for Windows and Linux.
    * Fixed memory corruption bug in the instant replay recorder.
    * Fixed instant replay not restoring successive states.
    * Fixed instant replay not recording the first state.
    * Updated Speccy-Deluxe icon a little bit.

    Enjoy!

  10. #50

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    Hello, All!

    The new Speccy-Android 3.9.1 release is now online:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.fms.speccy -- free version
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....speccy.deluxe -- full version

    It adds EPX and EAGLE image scalers, and two pixel raster effects, simulating CMY and RGB pixels. Because of all the new screen options, I had to reorganize the "Settings | Video" tab a little bit. See below for details.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added "Video | Interpolation Effect" selector.
    * Added "EPX interpolation" and "EAGLE interpolation" effects.
    * Renamed "Soften Video" to "2xSal interpolation".
    * Added "Video | Color Mask Effect" selector.
    * Added "CMY pixels" and "RGB pixels" raster effects.
    * Merged "Scale Video" and "Stretch Video" into one selector.

    Have fun!

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